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Using the Healing Gifts of Nature’s Garden to Soothe and Ground Clients

September 25 Breakfast 8:15am-8:45am   Training 8:45am-4:00pm $169, 6 CEUs Presenter: Vivien B. Deitz, LCSW-C, MSW, BCD, RN Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave. Pikesville, MD 21208 United States + Google Map

Helping clients move from dis-connection to re-connection with the help of animals and nature thereby remembering and listening to their own inner voice – their truth.

This workshop will demonstrate how clients can reconnect to nature by accessing their own inner animal resource as a way to help heal trauma. One of Nature’s greatest gifts is her willingness to teach us about our possibilities and ourselves. Since we are a part of the natural world, everything that happens to us effects nature and everything that happens to the natural world has repercussions for us. By understanding the language of animals, Nature offers a new perspective when working with trauma. Every living creature mirrors the magnificence of the soul. When we connect to Animals, we REMEMBER our connection to our own soul energy thus creating an opportunity for healing. Animals serve a great purpose in our spiritual development and our healing. We will explore the notion that everyone has an animal story and a unique experience with animals: domestic or wild, painful or wonderful.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify techniques to help dissociated clients ‘Remember’ how to reconnect to their Soul’s energy through the language of animals.
  • Design a Sacred Power Place in Nature and use it to create a safe space.
  • Analyze and describe an inner resource by communicating with animals
  • Describe and identify a grounded, safe and protected internal space where healing from trauma can take place.


8:45 – 10:00 AM  Drumming and Rattling

  • Introduction
  • Pick an animal card
  • History of Human and animal Connection
  • Nature and Animal Photos
  • Stories of Animals
  • Dolphin video, Silhouette
  • NDD = Nature Deficit Disorder

10:00 – 10:30 AM bExperiential: Journey to a find your

  • Huna Garden
  • Write down or draw your experience

10:30 – 10:45 AM  BREAK

10:45 – 12:00 PM  Trauma and the trauma vortex

  • From disconnection to Connection
  • Black panther
  • Introduction to Deep Imagery
  • Journey to find a Power Animal
  • Draw or make a sculpture of your animal

12:00 – 1:00 PM  LUNCH

1:00 – 2:45 PM

  • Journey with Power Animal to find an animal connected to your symptom or body problem (Write down your experience)

2:45 – 3:00 PM  BREAK

3:00 – 3:45 PM

  • Sharing and discussion of experiential

3:45 – 4:00 PM

  • Closing and evaluations
From Trauma to Curiosity
“Vivien is a wonderful teacher. Warm, intelligent, caring, and creative.” Lisa E.
“A very meaningful experience.” Carrie S.